Wayne Bridge will decide whether to join Aston Villa or West Ham in the next 48 hours, skysports.com understands.
The England international is surplus to requirements at Manchester City and they are ready to let him leave on loan.
Both Villa and West Ham are ready to match his sizeable wages at Eastlands, leaving the two clubs battling it out for his signature.
Avram Grant and Gerard Houllier have held talks with the player in order to persuade him to join their respective causes.
Now Bridge is set to make a decision on his future, with both teams hopeful of sealing his signature on a deal for the rest of the season.